James Van Drunen was born in Spain in 1999 of Dutch and English parents. He took up SUP at the young age of 14 and has not looked back since. Living in Spain, he is able to train most days and in competition, he particularly enjoys the longer distances. He is a highly popular figure with an active following. He is involved with teaching and promoting the sport. James participated in some of theEuro Tour events in 2017 and recently spent 6 months in Australia training.